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On the meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China Wang Yi

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On 10 June, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi in Nizhny Novgorod on the margins of the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The Parties highly appreciated the development of bilateral relations of strategic partnership against the backdrop of increasing global turbulence. The sides reviewed the implementation of the agreements reached by the leaders of the two countries following the Beijing summit in May this year, including those related to topical issues of practical cooperation.

There was a thorough exchange of views on the current state of affairs and prospects for further development of BRICS. Sergey Lavrov expressed gratitude to the Chinese side for its support of our Chairmanship of the BRICS. The Ministers noted that new opportunities for this dialogue format are opening up with the accession of new states to BRICS, which are capable of further strengthening the Association in the international arena.

The Foreign Ministers expressed readiness to enhance mutual coordination in the UN and its Security Council, SCO, BRICS, G20, APEC and other key international organisations and dialogue mechanisms. In addition, the Ministers discussed in detail the issues of ensuring security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, taking into account the US policy of creating closed military-political structures there with anti-Russian and anti-Chinese orientation. Some aspects of the new security structure in Eurasia against the background of the stagnation of Euro-Atlantic mechanisms were touched upon.

Sergey Lavrov expressed gratitude to his Chinese partners for their balanced and consistent line on the Ukraine crisis, in line with which Beijing decided not to send its representatives to the ‘peace conference’ planned in Switzerland, which does not assume Russia’s equal participation and fair consideration of all peace initiatives and current realities.

The conversation took place in a traditionally confidential and constructive manner.



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